Bruce P. Moomey
MOOMEY, FRYE, BROWN, SITLER
Posted By: J. Breen (email)
Date: 6/9/2015 at 19:38:20
B. P. Moomey is a photographer of Wellman whose ability is winning him merited and growing success. He does artistic work, is familiar with the latest processes and the excellence which he manifests in his art is bringing to him a constantly increasing patronage.
Iowa numbers him among her native sons, his birth having occurred in Johnson county, July 14, 1876. His parents were Leroy and Cora (Frye) Moomey, the former a native of Ohio and the latter of Johnson county, Iowa. When a babe of eleven months the father (Leroy) was taken by his parents to Homestead, Iowa, where he was reared. Having attained his majority, he wedded Cora Frye of Johnson county, and they occupy the farm which Mr. Moomey purchased in early manhood and to the development and improvement of which he has since devoted his energies. In their family were two children, B. P. and W. C. B., the latter at home.
The subject of this review supplemented his early education by pursuing a commercial course at Iowa City. He then took up the study of pharmacy and afterward was employed in a drug store at Centerville, Iowa, for fourteen months. On the expiration of that period he came to Wellman, where he worked in a drug store for eight months. He afterward went to Iowa City, where he took up the study of photography, in which he was interested and in which he has since displayed considerable skill and ability. In May, 1899, he purchased the studio at Wellman and has since been located here in the conduct of a constantly growing business. His gallery is well equipped
with all the modern processes and accessories and the work which he does is of a most pleasing and attractive character.
On the 5th of June, 1901, Mr. Moomey was married to Miss Austia M. Brown, who was born in Wellman and is a daughter of C. E. and Patience (Sitler) Brown, natives of Ohio and Vermont respectively. Mrs. Moomey was the elder of two children and has one sister, Jessie. Her parents are
still living in the village of Wellman, where they have now long resided, being ever recognized as worthy residents of the community. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Moomey has been blessed with one son, Ire La Monte, who was born June 21, 1902.
Mr. Moomey gives stalwart allegiance to the republican party, believing its principles contain the best elements of good government but is not an office seeker. He belongs to the Knights of Pythias Lodge, No. 51, in which he has filled office for eight years; is a charter member of Modern Woodmen Camp, No. 1828, in which he has been clerk for seven years, and is a member of the Masonic lodge at Wellman. His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and they occupy an enviable position in social circles, having many warm friends who esteem them highly for their genuine personal worth.
Source: History of Washington County, IA - Volume II, page 567 (1909)
Washington Biographies maintained by Joanne L. Breen.
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